Volunteer Guatemala, My favorite memory from the trip was the class field trip to Little Caesars inauguration, for a pizza party. It was the happiest I saw the kids over my entire four weeks.
Volunteer Guatemala Review
1. How were the local ABV coordinators and the support provided in-country?
The ABV coordinators were accessible, easy to get into contact with and incredibly helpful and compassionate.
2. What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Actually nothing was surprising to me, as I entered this program with an open mind.
3. What was most difficult to experience?
The isolation, you leave practically everything behind and live a different life here. It is exhilarating but it takes time to get used to it, don´t rush it.
4. Any tips for future volunteers? (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, etc. ?
Bring several sweatshirts and shoes (in the rainy season from May-October). It rains a lot and you will need to give your clothes and shoes time to dry.
5. Other things volunteers should know?
a. Bring cold medicine, it will rain and you will get sick haha.
b. The drinking age is 18 here, so take that into account when you go out, and be safe.
c. Pre-download some movies to help pass the time.
d. Sleep is essential, get lots of it.
ABV: our volunteers are not allowed to drink in our programs, doesn’t matter if you are over 21y/o. The contract you signed talks about this rule.
6. How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security
My accommodations were practically perfect. I had hot water, three meals a day and my own bedroom. My house was within walking distance of several stores, cafes and other places which were necessary to my trip. So it was perfect.
7. What was your favorite memory of this trip?
My favorite memory from the trip was the class field trip to Little Caesars inauguration, for a pizza party. It was the happiest I saw the kids over my entire four weeks.
8. How was the ABV USA support prior to traveling?
The support was efficient and effective. The plans pre, during and post travel were well explained and easy to adhere to.
9. Are you willing to speak to potential ABV volunteers?